View Full Version : Amtrak 58 Derails near Yazoo City, MS

04-07-2004, 03:31 AM
Tonight northbound City of New Orleans derailed near Yazoo City, MS on CN's Yazoo Sub. One person has died. Many are injured. Details below in an AP wire report.


Apr 6, 11:17 PM EDT

One Dead, Others Hurt in Amtrak Crash

Associated Press Writer

YAZOO CITY, Miss. (AP) -- An Amtrak passenger train with 84 people on board derailed in rural central Mississippi late Tuesday, killing at least one person and injuring dozens.

The derailment about 25 miles north of Jackson involved nine of the 10 cars of the City of New Orleans train, which was traveling from New Orleans to Chicago, authorities said.

"We have one confirmed dead and we've got possibly 80 injured," said Amy Carruth, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency in Jackson. "We understand some of the injured are possibly critical."

Gov. Haley Barbour declared a state of emergency and said in a statement that rescuers on the scene believed the number of injured could be as high as 90.

At least one Jackson hospital reportedly received a number of the injured but officials declined to release details.

Dan Stessel, a spokesman for Amtrak, said nine cars left the tracks and toppled onto their sides. He said the train's manifest showed 72 passengers and 12 crew members.

Carruth said her agency "was sending every resource we can get our hands on out there. ... At last report we've still got people trapped."

Besides search teams, portable lights and other equipment were being rushed to the scene, she said. Red Cross staffers were on hand to assist passengers.

Yazoo County sheriff's dispatcher Mary Whisenton said at least five ambulances had also been sent to the scene.

Stessel said he had no information on what caused the accident.

Stessel said the train made several stops after leaving New Orleans about 1:55 p.m., including Jackson. He said the train derailed at about 7 p.m., near the Yazoo-Madison county line, before its scheduled stop in Yazoo City.

Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

04-07-2004, 11:16 AM
Are pictures 56611 and 56610 shots of the doomed train? They depict a northbound City of New Orleans on April 6, 2004.

04-07-2004, 12:14 PM
If the dates are correct that would be the train.

Chris Starnes
04-07-2004, 05:30 PM
I have emailed "Porkchop" and asked him to confirm the dates were correct. Right now we are assuming that picture is the train that derailed, but ideally he will reply and confirm that those were taken on 4/6 (its easy to select the wrong date sometimes!)


04-07-2004, 05:57 PM
Looking at pictures and description of the train on Yahoo, it seems pretty likely. A lone phase IV P42, single baggage car and 8 Superliners.

04-08-2004, 02:09 AM
There have been quite a few pictures of the AMTK 82 in the past few weeks. A strange coincidence...

04-12-2004, 02:29 AM
A site to view some photos of the incident.